South-central ice storm causes power outages and damages trees


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Residents of DeSoto County experienced rain in the morning, dry and cold conditions took over through the evening.

Several residents said conditions were manageable and this storm was nothing compared to 1994.

“I mean it’s manageable. It’s not as bad as the ice storm of 92-93, so I think everyone is a little better prepared than they were back then,” said resident Keohwonna Sutton. of DeSoto County.

DeSoto County Emergency Services reported no injuries related to the weather storm.

Director Chris Olson said most of them react to broken tree limbs and branches.

“It seems to kind of cover the whole county, but it looks like the western part of the county and the northern part closer to the colder air moving in seems to be creating the most problems,” Olson said.

In Horn Lake, near Jamestown Avenue and Shadow Oaks Parkway, a tree cracked, branches snapped and hit two houses. Fortunately, no one got hurt.

One of the owners of the house says she was home when it happened, she said she was by the window and the sound of the tree breaking scared her to death .

“Like a big explosion almost. I saw it coming and tried to grab my dog ​​and jump back, but it was loud, it shook the whole house,” Nancy Houser said.

County road crews, fire departments and the sheriff’s department continually removed downed trees from roads.

DeSoto County Emergency Services says downed trees are the cause of the power outages.

Above Northwest Mississippi Community College, off Ross Parkway, where several branches cut power lines, several city blocks were left without power.

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